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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Realist painter Lucian Freud dies at 88

Realist painter Lucian Freud dies at 88

LONDON -- Lucian Freud, a towering and uncompromising figure in the art world for more than 50 years, has died, his New York-based art dealer said Thursday. He was 88.

Spokeswoman Bettina Prentice said that Freud died after an illness at his London home late Wednesday night, but didn't give any further details.

Freud was known for his intense realist portraits, particularly of nudes. In recent years his paintings commanded staggering prices at auction, including one of an overweight nude woman sleeping on a couch that sold in 2008 for $33.6 million.

Judge: Lohan needs to speed up service time

LOS ANGELES -- A judge warned Lindsay Lohan Thursday that she must spend more time doing community service and enroll in psychological counseling or risk running into problems with her probation.

In a separate development, Lohan was sued for assault and battery in Riverside County by a former worker at the Betty Ford Center who had a dispute with the actress in December.

In Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner reminded the actress during a status hearing in her criminal cases that she had to complete 480 hours of community service by April, and that she would not grant any extensions, even if Lohan is working on a film.

Singer R. Kelly out of hospital after surgery

CHICAGO -- A spokesman for R. Kelly says the R&B singer is out of the hospital following throat surgery this week.

Spokesman Allan Mayer said Thursday that the 44-year-old left Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is recuperating at his home in the city.

Mayer says it isn't clear when the Chicago native might be well enough to resume performing.

The Grammy-winning singer had complained of throat pain and was taken to the hospital on Tuesday. The same day, surgeons drained an abscess on one of his tonsils.